Stress can manifest physically as well as mentally. At Heavena Spa, the therapists dedicate themselves to alleviating the aches, pains, and anxiety that stress can cause by performing massages that provide a serene break from the hectic pace of everyday life. Gentle lighting and calming earth tones surround clients as they relax in private treatment rooms while a therapist pinpoints the sources of withheld tension. From there, the therapist can soothe knotted muscles using gliding Swedish strokes, focused deep-tissue pressure, gentle Thai stretching, or a combination of modalities.
Don’t be deterred by the weathered red awning, the ancient intercom at the entrance or the beat-up exterior of the building: Thai Aroma Spa is a favorite for West Los Angeles residents looking for an affordable Thai massage. Clients of the Westwood Boulevard spa can enjoy an hour-long rubdown treatment by trained staffers that incorporates both Thai and Swedish techniques. There are also different special offers for in-the-know locals, such as early bird discounts for morning and lunchtime appointments and a frequent customer VIP card which tracks the number of massages purchased and, eventually, can grant a client a free visit. Treatment rooms themselves are spare, but with the focus on the work itself, Thai Aroma Spa doesn’t leave much to complain about – especially after a relaxing session with one of their masseuses.
Founded by Scott J. Fox, DC, and Brian Weiss, PhD, Rest and Relax Bodyworks and Century West Medi-Spa integrate Western medical science and traditional Eastern medicine. As relaxing music plays, they help bodies regain energy and proper posture through chiropractic alignment and acupuncture, and let go of tension during seven varieties of massage. They also address skin issues with facials, peels, and waxing treatments. Their waiting room abounds with potted plants, dark wood accents, and South East Asian-inspired artwork prints, as well as ornate oriental rugs that catch dropped cell phones without a word of reproach. A hallway leads to treatment rooms aglow with soft light from wall sconces, as a Buddha statue looks on serenely.
The healing gurus of The Massage Company Brentwood re-energize clients with several massage modalities including Thai, shiatsu, acupressure, and prenatal. Before bodywork begins, therapists take the time to converse with spa-goers to determine which massage style would be best suited to eliminate pain and tension at its source. Therapists can enhance treatments with essential oils that build a heightened sense of calm or hot and cold jade stones in an array of shapes and sizes that supercharge circulation and help bodies blend in at Asian archaeology exhibits. Anti-aging facial massages foster fresher complexions with hydrating skincare products and massage techniques that help release fluid retention and reduce fine lines.
Personal trainer and licensed massage therapist Kim Hopkins founded Perfect Parts Total Body Care with one goal in mind: to help her clients look and feel healthier. She has spent more than 30 years working up to this goal, building an impressive resumé that includes certifications in personal training, Zumba instruction, and nutrition management. Though she has come a long way in those three decades, Hopkins keeps on traveling. She saves clients a commute by providing both personal training and massages in their homes, or hauling her massage chair to their offices and secluded batcaves.
Westwood Clinic's founder, Dr. Bahri, opened his community clinic after touring with the national soccer team as its official chiropractor. During the past 12 years, Dr. Bahri has treated the ailments of local residents, fellow competitive soccer players, and overworked under-the-bed monsters using advanced equipment and techniques. In addition to providing chiropractic services and physiotherapy, the staff of Westwood Clinic helps clients to relax and look their best with massage and skin-rejuvenation treatments.